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Thunder of FreedomBlack Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi$
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Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner and Cheryl Reitan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813140933

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813140933.001.0001

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The Holmes County Community Center, November 1964–January 1965

The Holmes County Community Center, November 1964–January 1965

(p.67) 4 The Holmes County Community Center, November 1964–January 1965
Thunder of Freedom

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner

Cheryl Reitan

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter describes the first months of the Holmes County Community Center at Mileston. The retired county worker Daisey Lewis took over the center's management and regular civil rights organizing meetings began there. A kindergarten was established, clothing was donated and distributed, and a truck full of provisions arrived from Duluth, Minnesota. The Free Southern Theatre arrived and performed. Local people participated in the 1964 Freedom Vote and the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service elections. Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Gray, and Annie Devine ran for U.S. congressional seats. Sue began writing a newsletter for Northern supporters. Firebombs, cross burnings, and threats throughout the county led to increased security for the center and armed guards were posted there every night. An interview with Reverend Jesse James Russell is presented.

Keywords:   Holmes County Community Center at Mileston, Daisey Lewis, Freedom Vote, Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Gray, Annie Devine, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, Armed guards, Reverend Jesse James Russell

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